Date: February 2nd, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Synology
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PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS
Store Data Securely and Cost Effectively
DiskStation Manager 2.2 includes complete RAID protection, easy storage expansion, and total data backup solutions. The features have grown more sophisticated, but the simplicity of DiskStation Manager remains the same.
Share Files across Multiple Platforms
DiskStation Manager 2.2 provides seamless ways to share files with users on different platforms within Internet or Intranet, backed by subtly-designed user privilege settings.
Build up and Enrich Web Presence
The Apache/PHP/MySQL environment provides great potential for building up web presence. Built-in web applications makes hosting and sharing easy and affordable.
Maximize Server Capacity with Rich Applications
Streaming multimedia files, sharing printer resources, executing internet downloads, and providing network video recording features delivers an all-in-one solution with DiskStation.
Manage DiskStation Easily and Intuitively
DiskStation Manager 2.2's AJAX-based interface delivers ease of use, faster responsiveness, better interactions, and useful tools to manage DiskStation.
Protect the Earth with Energy-Saving Designs
The energy saving features in DiskStation Manager 2.2 ensure a minimum power usage of DiskStation, saving not only the energy bill, but also the earth.
CPU: 800MHz, 16bit@DDR800
Internal HDD: 3.5" SATA(II) x2 or 2.5" SATA/SSD x2 (with the Disk Holder)
Max Internal Capacity: 4TB (2 x 2TB hard drives)
External HDD Interface: USB 2.0 port x3
Size: 160mm x 218mm x 88mm
LAN: Gigabit x1
Fan: x1 (70mm x 70mm)
Noise Level:2 24dB(A)
AC Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V
Power Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, Single Phase
Max Supported IP Camera: 5
Operating Temperature: 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)
Storage Temperature: -10°C to 70°C (15°F to 155°F)
Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%RH
Maximum Operating Altitude: 10,000 feet
There are three different configurations of this NAS available for purchase. The first one is a diskless version – this is the least expensive route, but the end user is responsible for providing hard drives. If you prefer to buy the NAS preconfigured with drives already installed, that option is available too. You can buy the DS210j with two 500GB drives installed or with two 1TB drives installed. Of course, buying a preconfigured system makes the cost go up but that also means initial setup time will be greatly reduced.
2TB drives are also supported, bringing the maximum storage capacity for this unit up to 4TB. Another cool feature is the ability to use 3.5” or 2.5” drives. In order to use 2.5” drives however, a separate adapter must be purchased.
Pricing for the diskless DS210j is currently around $230 US. For a two bay NAS with so much functionality that's an excellent price, because remember that what you're getting is basically a small server. Expect to pay around $400 US for a preconfigured model with two 500GB drives installed.
The NAS arrived at the lab packed securely, double boxed with foam surrounding the unit itself. Everything you need to get up and running is provided. This includes a power adapter and cable, Ethernet cable, quick start guide, and setup CD. A detailed manual is also provided on the CD. If you ordered a preconfigured model, the hard drives will already be installed and ready to go.